The Bakery Boutique's dessert-crafting doyens sate sweet teeth with a bevy of ambrosial treats, earning their confectionery the 2010 award for Best Cupcakes in Rhode Island by the Rhode Island Monthly. These illustrious cupcakes come in more than 60 variations, ranging from signature tongue pleasers—such as the dark-chocolate cupcake ($2.10) and the vanilla-buttercream-topped tuxedo cupcake ($2.10)—to avant-garde gastronomic delights, including the cannoli cupcake ($2.60) and the Nutella banana-filled cupcake($3). Put palates to the test with a delicacy from the unique wine-inspired cupcake collection, which provides all the delicious nuances of vino without purpling any feet or inducing uninhibited James Cagney impersonations ($3 each). Or lacquer taste buds with brownies, mini desserts—such as pintsize cheesecakes ($1.65)—or a spectrum of dipped treats that includes oreos ($4.95 for 7) and pretzel rods ($5.95 for 8) after they've been submerged in chocolate dunk tanks.
Showcasing seasonal specials and meats and produce sourced from local farms, The Locals harvests a sundry menu of sandwiches, salads, and breakfast and lunchtime eats. Guests can ease appetites into the dinner hour with the When in Greece pizza, a crispy wheat pie crowned with feta, kalamata olives, and an Olympic wreath of baby spinach ($12) or dig into the popular local burger, a quarter pound of grass-fed Angus beef from Blackbird Farm with tomato and aioli ($12.95). A batch of the decadent butternut mac 'n' cheese ($10.95) knocks out sweet-and-savory cravings in one go, along with the oozy mashed-maple sweet-potato-melt sliders ($9.99). The drinks list boasts ales such as the Trinity Brew House IPA, house wines from Sakonnet Vineyards, and Thomas Tew Rum, made in Newport, making a strong case for potables handcrafted by small companies and their smaller elf apprentices.
Owned and overseen by an experienced pair of wild dough domesticators, the gourmet baked-goods emporium prepares its line of nutless, gluten-free confections in a 100% immaculate facility. Un-glutened bread ($7.25) and rolls ($7.25) eschew the dough-stretching agent, resulting in fewer hard-to-eat slices of bread shaped like Victorian garden mazes. Cheesecakes ($30) work as both delicious dinner finales and surprisingly comfortable seat cushions, and birthday cakes ($14–$90) arrive in a number of frosted sizes and styles. Otherwise, take down a one-pound chocolate-cappuccino biscotti ($8.25) over several days or use it as a surfboard and ride incoming tidal waves of scrambled eggs. A & J Bakery also makes egg- and dairy-free delicacies.
Great Harvest specializes in baking healthy, homemade breads ($2.49–$7.35 per loaf) that are high in fiber, free of chemicals or additives, and crafted every day with freshly milled flour. The bread selection changes each day of the week according to a monthly schedule, but previous offerings include honey whole wheat and olive stick, a baguette packed with kalamata olives. Gluten-free varieties are available on Tuesdays and Fridays.